A weekend itinerary in Mid Wales

Looking for weekend getaways in the UK? The Mid Wales coast is scattered with quaint seaside towns that are ideal for relaxing breaks. Here you can revive your senses, breath in the coastal sea air, feel the sand between your toes and start relaxing.

Day 1 - Morning: Aberaeron

Aberaeron Harbour, Ceredigion

Aberaeron Harbour, Ceredigion

 by Barbara Fuller

Base yourself in the pretty seaside town of Aberaeron, with it’s colourful Georgian style houses and architecture. Spend the morning exploring the harbour with its bobbing boats before heading to the beach and walking along the coast path. Later head into town and discover Aberaeron’s independent shops and delis.

Feeling hungry? You can't visit Aberaeron without trying some local seafood, the fresh crab sandwich at the Drunken Sailor will not disappoint. After enjoy one of Aberaeron's famous honey ice creams from The Hive, located by the harbour side with beautiful views. 

Afternoon: Llanerchaeron

Llanerchaeron, near Aberaeron, Ceredigion

Llanerchaeron, near Aberaeron, Ceredigion by Barbara Fuller

Owned by the National Trust, Llanerchaeron is a rare example of a self sufficient gentry estate. There’s lots to explore here from the beautiful house to the pleasure grounds and ornamental lake and parkland with their many walks. The estate also has a wonderful walled garden and working Home Farm with Welsh Black cattle, Llanwenog sheep and rare breed Welsh pigs. All produce from the farm and walled garden are used in the National Trust cafe and are available to buy in the shop. 

Feeling hungry? Aberaeron is renowned for its fresh seafood, The HarbourMaster Hotel serves a wonderful selection locally sourced fish, treat yourself to a Cardigan Bay lobster dinner. The bar and restaurant both have harbourside views, so sit back and enjoy the vista.

Day 2 - Morning: Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

 by guvnor2009

Take a scenic drive up the coast to the larger seaside town of Aberystwyth. Walk from the ruined 13th castle along the promenade past the Victorian architecture until you reach Constitution Hill. Here you can take the unusual cliff railway to the summit and camera obscura, a massive 14 inch lens which makes it one of the world’s largest. From the top you have impressive views and super special days you can count porpoises and dolphins in the bay.

Feeling hungry? Try Gwesty Cymru, The food is fresh, local and you can more or less see the fishermen catch the produce from across the road. The menus is varied and offers a little of everything from locally caught fish, locally farmed meats to locally grown vegetables. 

Afternoon: Devil’s Bridge

Devil's Bridge, Ceredigion

Devil's Bridge, Ceredigion

 by Caroline Ramsden

Jump aboard the historic narrow gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway from Aberystwyth and travel to Devil’s Bridge. At Devil’s Bridge you will find dramatic waterfalls and the unusual feature of three separate bridges all built one on top of the other. Listen to the tale of why the bridges are called ‘Devil’s Bridge’ then follow the trail taking in the fabulous views. Stop off at the cafe for a cuppa before boarding the train back to Aberystwyth. 

Feeling hungry? Round your day off with at dinner Y Ffarmers in the nearby scenic village of Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn. This beautiful country pub serves scrumptious food using locally sourced produce such as Llanfihangel Lamb, Rob Rattray Sirloin Steak and Baked Cothi Valley Goat’s Cheese.